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Relaunching the RPA Gateway Ready for Waste Levy Readiness!

Peak Services have been investigating the possible re-launch of the RPA Gateway following numerous requests from Queensland councils. The increasing need for ‘Drone Age’ utilisation, coupled with the impending changes from the result of the waste levy, the team at Peak are in the process of revitalising this service.

RPA use can achieve significant efficiencies in waste, asset and disaster management, coastal surveillance, pest and weed management and compliance management. Drones bring a great many benefits to enhancing council operations, not least in terms of efficiency with reduced man hours, reduction in workplace hazards and increased accuracy and consistency in data capture. In addition, the increase of productivity and accessibility to the visualisation of assets, as well as an overall increase in quality, quantity and speed in which information is available to decision makers, is why the ‘Drone Age’ has become a reality.

What is RPA Gateway?

The RPA Gateway Service combines procurement, contractor coordination, specification standards, quality assurance, provider market management and data management. It will also ensure RPA activities are properly scoped, timely scheduled and efficiently carried out to achieve further cost reductions and high-quality outcomes. 

This then reduces the risks and barriers for council to engage RPA providers and delivers a simplified consistent drone management solution. Peak will have leading RPA operators who are all fully trained, fully qualified and fully insured, and will be able to recommend the right operator for the job at hand.

With the introduction of the new waste levy, there will be a significant increased need for volumetric surveys. Peak has identified landfill, quarry management and other areas requiring geospatial mapping and analysis as areas to significantly benefit from RPA’s. The service can be readily applied to carrying out extensive site surveys and volume calculations, making them more accurate, efficient and a safer tool to monitor landfill sites and quarry volumes. By capturing a mosaic of images, a Digital Terrain Model (DTM) can be produced that can then be assessed to calculate and compare volumes of stockpiles.

As waste management regulations increase, landfill operators have a constant struggle with the efficient management and reporting of their landfill operations. Planning of landfills is reliant on accurate and reliable data to make informed decisions on tip face movements, design (batters, drainage, roads stockpiles, etc), when future cells will be required and the remaining capacity and life of the facility.